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GM donates 2 million face masks to Michigan public schools

GM’s donation is part of Michigan’s ’MI Mask Aid’ program for vulnerable communities

Nathen Hamrick, 10, of Detroit, receives a supply of face masks Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 at Cody High School in Detroit, Michigan, as part of General Motors’ donation of 2 million face masks to Michigan public schools in the State of Michigan’s MI Mask Aid partnership. GM’s contribution includes 750,000 child-size masks for elementary students and 1.25 million adult-size masks for high school students, faculty and staff. GM will have donated more than 6 million face masks produced at its Warren, Michigan facility to communities across the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Santa Fabio for General Motors)
Nathen Hamrick, 10, of Detroit, receives a supply of face masks Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 at Cody High School in Detroit, Michigan, as part of General Motors’ donation of 2 million face masks to Michigan public schools in the State of Michigan’s MI Mask Aid partnership. GM’s contribution includes 750,000 child-size masks for elementary students and 1.25 million adult-size masks for high school students, faculty and staff. GM will have donated more than 6 million face masks produced at its Warren, Michigan facility to communities across the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Santa Fabio for General Motors) (© 2020 Santa Fabio and General Motors. This image is protected by copyright but provided for public relations, editorial and so)

DETROIT – General Motors is donating 2 million face masks to Michigan public schools, the automaker announced Tuesday.

The donation is part of the state’s “MI Mask Aid” partnership announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this month. GM’s contribution to the program includes 750,000 child-size masks for elementary students, which will be ready for delivery by Sept. 14, and 1.25 million adult-size masks for high school students, faculty and staff, which will be ready for delivery by Sept. 28, the automaker said.

“This is great news for our students, educators and support staff who need access to face masks to protect themselves and their families. Until there is a vaccine, it’s crucial that all Michiganders continue to mask up, and we are working around the clock to ensure everyone has access to a mask,” said Whitmer. “I am grateful for GM’s partnership and dedication to protecting our students and educators during this time, and I look forward to working with everyone who wants to help us provide masks to our most vulnerable populations.”

Masks are proven to reduce a person’s chance of spreading COVID-19. As WDIV Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge has explained, while masks protect the wearer from COVID-19 to some degree, their primary purpose is “source control,” or limiting the amount of infectious droplets coming out of the wearer’s respiratory tract -- both the mouth and nose.

View: CDC’s guide to wearing face masks properly

GM started producing face masks back in March when the pandemic hit Michigan. The company’s Warren facility has two production lines for face masks and a third line making N95 face respirators.



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